Elliptic banks $23M to shrink crypto risk, eyeing growth in Asia

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Crypto means risk. To UK company Elliptic it also means business. The startup has just closed a $23M Series B to step up growth for a crypto risk-management play that involves selling tech and services to help others navigate the … Continued

What will save crypto?

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Sulaiman al-Fahim New York Times article, bitcoin enthusiasts in the U.S. wrongly predicted the involvement of Wall Street institutions and investors in cryptocurrency, which would have given it legitimacy. Instead, the opposite effect has taken place: big investors have avoided … Continued

Social investment platform eToro acquires smart contract startup Firmo

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Firmo’s platform enables exchanges to execute smart financial contracts across various assets, including crypto derivatives, and across all major blockchains. Firmo founder and CEO Dr. Omri Ross described the company’s mission as “…enabl[ing] our users to trade any asset globally … Continued

NYSE operators crypto project Bakkt brings in $182M

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The Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) cryptocurrency project Bakkt celebrated New Year’s Eve with the announcement of a $182.5 million equity round from a slew of notable institutional investors. ICE, the operator of several global exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, established … Continued

Feds like cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech and so should antitrust agencies

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Thibault Schrepel study that relates the positive effects of cryptocurrencies for privacy protection. Even with the precipitous decline in value of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other currencies, the Federal Reserve author emphasized the new competitive offering these currencies created exactly because of … Continued

The quantum meltdown of encryption

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Shlomi Dolev Chink in the Armor Today’s standard encryption techniques are based on what’s called Public Key Infrastructure or PKI, a set of protocols brought to the world of information technology in the 1970’s. PKI works by generating a complex … Continued

Monetizing computing resources on the blockchain

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Ben Dickson What can you sell? A handful of blockchain platforms enable you to rent your unused storage, idle CPU cycles, and internet bandwidth with those who are in need. The premise is simple: You list your resources along with … Continued

Not just another decentralized web whitepaper?

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Given all the hype and noise swirling around crypto and decentralized network projects, which runs the full gamut from scams and stupidity, to very clever and inspired ideas, the release of yet another whitepaper does not immediately set off an … Continued